I’ve always known the word chaos. It’s the word that describes my life the last two weeks. But today, I created (I think) a new word—chaos-ier. Because that’s what it’s getting to be.
We did roll out early the morning after my last entry. We made the 700 plus miles across five states with nothing but boredom—until we pulled up on Saturday about noon. “Let’s get unloaded so we can turn this baby in.” Chaos began. Unload. Unpack. But wait. Pack. We’d partially furnished the house with thrift shop purchases while our “real” furniture waited in Georgia, and now, the Mayflower truck the real stuff was due to roll up soon. I found a charity with pick-up service. Out went the dining room furniture, the bedside tables, the guest room bed. You get the idea. We cleaned. We vacuumed. We ate on TV trays. Sort of Bohemian. We thought about all those boxes, about forty boxes of books on that big truck, not to mention the twenty or so we brought with us. They’d have to go somewhere. That’s why the guest room bed went.
We don’t have a guest room anymore. We have a library. Ikea made it easy. We bought twelve bookcases in about twenty minutes. They came out the next morning. Of course, since they were from Ikea, they weren’t assembled. Over the next two days, Bob (my hero) assembled them all. Three in my study, two in the kitchen, seven in the “library.” I unpacked books right behind him.
Then our daughter, who has innate supervisory skills that she has honed over her lifetime, arrived. The Mayflower truck was not far behind. Katy took charge. “It’s ok, Mom. You can go to the bathroom when you’ve unpacked two more boxes.”
Today, it came to a head. We got up before 6:00 and hit the boxes. At 10:00 we stopped for showers, dressed in our grown-up girl clothes and headed out for a luncheon of like-minded women at the Intercontinental Hotel. (Rats, we didn’t take a picture of that.) Then, enough of fun and games.
“We need to make it look like home. Let’s hang the pictures.” That’s what I’m hiding from right now. My life is getting chaosier and chaosier. Let me show you: